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Chub

Chub - Leuciscus Cephalus



The Chub is one of the most obliging of British river fish, with a voracious appetite. It is considered to be one of the most hard fighting fish for its size and the target of many sport and pleasure anglers alike. A fish weighing 5lb is considered by most anglers to be a specimen chub.

Identification
Chub have a long body with a rounded section, particularly towards the head which is large and blunt. The mouth of a Chub is large with distinctive white rubbery lips. The dorsal fin is convex, with the edges of the lower fins rounded and pinkish in colour. The Chub has silvery-yellow flanks with black edged scales. The back is a dark grey-green, whilst the belly is of a creamy white appearance. The true Chub has 7-9 rays in the anal fin and between 42 and 49 scales along the lateral line.

BRITISH RECORD -  9lb 5oz - Andy Maker, Surrey stillwater,  2007
 

RECOMMENDED TACKLE

POLE: Both the Club Korum Elements and Essence poles are strong enough for chub fishing.

ROD: The Neoteric XS range of twin top and Multi-Quiver rods are perfect for chub fishing, whether targeting small, slow moving rivers or much larger tidal stretches. With everything from a 1.5lb quiver top to a 2.2lb hollow top, base the rod around the size of the venue and the flow on the day. The 11ft and 13ft Power Float rods are great for stick float fishing and trotting, on venues with a more even flow.

REEL: The CS Series reels are small and light, so suit stick float anglers fishing 'match' style, but the Korum KXi reel is purpose built for river feeder fishing. Leave the reel in freespin mode when waiting for the tip to pull round, indicating a bite.

LINE: Use a 6lb main line to help absorb the lunges of bigger chub and use at least a 6lb breaking strain hooklink.

HOOKS: A size 18 will be okay for most things, but use bigger hooks for big baits like bread, cheese, meat and paste. Chub have very big mouthes!

TACTICS: Try a Korum Combi-Feeder filled with maggots or a small K-Grip lead used free-running when using large individual baits like meat and paste. Float anglers can try a maggot based approach, or big lumps of breadflake.

 

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